The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center

The Shepherd's Hand will soon be fully open and operating as a community outreach initiative of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace. 


Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.


In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1235 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is nearing completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. Community partnerships as well as program and event plans are currently being developed. 


Diapers out the Door 2018

Mark your calendar for Saturday June 23 (10:30 AM-1:00 PM) for our community diaper distribution. We are hosting this event in collaboration with the Life Team at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, but the event will be at our location on South Anthony. If you are in need of diapers for your children, and/or if you would like to volunteer to make this a great event, please join us! There will be refreshments, children's activities, and information about family and children resources in the city. If you would like to donate diapers, you may bring them to Shepherd of the City any Sunday morning, or by appointment by emailing Deaconess Rachel at Please bring donations by June 17 at the latest so the diapers can be repacked. We look forward to this being a fun, helpful, and family-friendly event!

Our HEALing Kitchen 

We are excited to be able to offer "Our HEALing Kitchen" nutrition education cooking classes beginning this fall! Thanks in large part to a Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL) grant and training from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, as well as funds from the We Raise Foundation, this 8-week educational opportunity will be offered in our new kitchen facility at The Shepherd's Hand. Dates and sign up opportunities for these fun and interactive classes will be available soon! Click here for more information about the HEAL classes as well as the HEAL farmers' markets that will open around Fort Wayne in July. At these markets WIC and SNAP credit goes 2x as far!

Want to get involved?

PRAY for us as we move forward with plans for this ministry center. Ask that God would give us wisdom as we make decisions, and provide servant-hearted volunteers and donors to make this project possible.  

PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events!

GIVE a donation to help turn our planned ministries into active and thriving ones!

Checks may be made out to "Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church" with "Shepherd's Hand" in the memo line, and may be mailed to

1301 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803

SIGN UP for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on this developing ministry by contacting Deaconess Jaseph at the address below.

VISIT our display table at the Indiana District LCMS Convention in Fort Wayne June 14 and 15 or at the LWML Indiana District Convention in Valparaiso June 28-29. We would love to connect with you!

To learn more about the plans for this ministry, please contact:

Deaconess Rachel Jaseph

Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center